"White House Launches Climate Data Initiative"

"The White House launched an initiative Wednesday aimed at expanding the use of climate data nationwide, to help communities cope with the impacts of global warming.

The effort includes making federal data more accessible through climate.data.gov and launching a design competition to demonstrate the extent to which Americans are vulnerable to coastal flooding. The administration also is releasing new federal map data to depict which parts of the nation’s infrastructure are vulnerable to climate change, and is enlisting Google, Esri and other private firms to distribute and store data.

White House counselor John D. Podesta and presidential science adviser John P. Holdren told reporters the initiative would allow government officials and businesses to prepare for rising sea levels, flooding and drought."

Juliet Eilperin reports for the Washington Post March 19, 2014.


"White House Unveils Climate Data Website To 'Empower America's Communities To Prepare'" (Huffington Post)

"White House Climate Change Data Portal Highlights Local Impacts" (Mashable)

Source: Wash Post, 03/20/2014